Black Hawk College men's basketball coach Darren Bizarri had a story to tell after Tuesday's Arrowhead Conference victory over Carl Sandburg that had nothing to do with a score of any kind. That was secondary in this phone call.
And it was a story that definitely falls in the "bizarre'' files.
It seems as if a subject of a Deadspin article from a few years ago showed up at BHC for Tuesday's game.
Deadspin, the same entity that broke wide open the Manti Te'o story this month, had two years ago written about a guy tabbed the "Piggyback Bandit.'' He was a 28-year-old male who, in Washington state, had been "lurking around libraries and gyms and stealing piggyback rides from unsuspecting athletes'' according to the Deadspin report.
Deadspin also reported that this guy has been banned from high-school games in North Dakota for the same antics.
On Tuesday, he hitched such a ride after the game from BHC's Cody Cooley, according to Bizarri.
"I just want to let you guys know, so we can get it out and let other coaches and administrators know this guy is in town,'' said Bizarri.
The story of Sherwin Shayegan, as he was identified by Deadspin, in the Quad-Cities began about two hours before his ride. Bizarri said that Shayegan spent the entire men's game on the Carl Sandburg bench filling water cups for the team.
After the game, the "Piggyback Bandit'' approached Cooley, who had a game-high 22 points. According to Bizarri, the uninvited guest asked Cooley to put his uniform on and give him a piggyback ride. Cooley accommodated the request, Bizarri said. That ride took Shayegan across the hall from the BHC locker room to where the officials were changing. Shayegan apparently knocked on the door and yelled something at the officials, according to Bizarri, and then jumped from Cooley's back and took off.
Bizarri also reported that the visitor went into athletic director Gary Huber's office at one point and told him "you put on a really great show here.''
Bizarri called Carl Sandburg coach Ryan Twaddle to see if the man was associated with the Chargers' program. Bizarri was informed that he was not.
"Ryan thought the guy was a fan of ours helping out and never questioned him being on the bench,'' said Bizarri, who noted Shayegan was wearing CSC colors and figured he was with the Chargers entourage.
Bizarri said that Shayegan "did not do anything sexual or perverse.''
He just asked for a piggyback ride.
"This is one of those things that you just can't make up,'' said Bizarri.
Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation. 1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.